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Frustrated Abe hits back at Moritomo chief's claims

Government releases first lady's emails in hopes of quelling scandal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday categorically denied allegations made the day before by the head of nationalist school operator Moritomo Gakuen that an aide to the first lady had contacted the government over land linked to an apparent sweetheart purchase.

Amid the widening scandal, opposition lawmakers ramped up pressure on Abe and his wife, Akie.

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